Confining a dog in a car when the temperature is hot is like putting the dog in the oven. It is cruel and it can kill the dog. New York is among the states where it is against the law to do this.
What should you do if you see a dog in a parked car where the heat is endangering the animal’s life? Call the emergency police number of the police department in the jurisdiction the car is parked in. The call will be sent out to the officers and someone will respond. New York State law requires a police officer or a peace officer, or a peace officer acting as animal control, to take the necessary steps to remove the animal from the vehicle.
Here is a list of emergency police numbers and the numbers for Animal Control, should you need them.
Southampton Animal Control : 631-728-PETS (press 2 for animal control)
East Hampton Police Emergency: 911, 537-7575
East Hampton Animal Control: 631-324-0085
Finally, here is the statute from the Laws of New York State, Agriculture and Markets.
§ 353-d. Confinement of companion animals in vehicles: extreme
temperatures. 1. A person shall not confine a companion animal in a
motor vehicle in extreme heat or cold without proper ventilation or
other protection from such extreme temperatures where such confinement
places the companion animal in imminent danger of death or serious
physical injury due to exposure to such extreme heat or cold.
2. Where the operator of such a vehicle cannot be promptly located, a
police officer, peace officer, or peace officer acting as an agent of a
duly incorporated humane society may take necessary steps to remove the
animal or animals from the vehicle.
3. Police officers, peace officers or peace officers acting as agents
of a duly incorporated humane society removing an animal or animals from
a vehicle pursuant to this section shall place a written notice on or in
the vehicle, bearing the name of the officer or agent, and the
department or agency and address where the animal or animals will be
4. An animal or animals removed from a vehicle pursuant to this
section shall, after receipt of any necessary emergency veterinary
treatment, be delivered to the duly incorporated humane society or
society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, or designated agent
thereof, in the jurisdiction where the animal or animals were seized.
5. Any person who knowingly violates the provisions of subdivision one
of this section shall be guilty of a violation, punishable by a fine of
not less than fifty dollars nor more than one hundred dollars for a
first offense, and a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more
than two hundred and fifty dollars for a second and subsequent offenses.
6. Officers shall not be held criminally or civilly liable for actions
taken reasonably and in good faith in carrying out the provisions of
7. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to affect any
other protections afforded to companion animals under any other
provisions of this article.